President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday disbanded the scandal struck  Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA) board. The president, through a directive published in the Kenya Gazette, appointed Mary Chao Mwadime as the new chairperson replacing James Kembi Gitura.

In the same move, Health CS Mutahi Kagwe has appointed to the KEMSA board captain Lawrence Wahome, Robert Nyarango, Terry Kiunge and Linton Nyaga, taking up positions earlier occupied by Bibiana Njue, Dorothy Atieno, Joel Onsare and Timothy Mwololo.

Uhuru Revokes Appointment of KEMSA Chairman Kembi Gitura, Appoints Mary Chao to Chair Board ▷ Kenya News | Tuko.co.ke
James Kembi Gitura who has been replaced by Mary Chao Mwadime as the chairperson of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA) board. PHOTO/COURTESY

KEMSA has been on the spot following a series of irregular tendering processes that have led to the loss of billions of tax payers money at the state corporation, with the corruption watchdog the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission swinging into action to bring the embezzlers to book.

Jubilee Vice Chairperson David Murathe is one  of the high profile names that have been linked with the malpractices at KEMSA, but on Thursday while appearance before the Public Investment Committee in Parliament over the Kshs. 4 billion scandal, denied the allegations.

“I am not a director of Killig, I did not get a contract with KEMSA, I have never supplied even a mask to KEMSA,” said Murathe.

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